AUBURN HILLS, Mich. â€” As part of its ongoing effort to convince Americans of the viability of diesel cars, Volkswagen on Thursday trotted out a 1986 Jetta with more than 562,000 miles on the odometer. The German automaker's U.S. arm declared this Jetta the "highest-mileage Volkswagen diesel in the U.S."
The car is owned by owned by Syl Schmid of Blue Rock, Ohio, who gets a VW Touareg V10 TDI to drive for six months as a prize. VW says fuel and mileage records kept by Schmid show the Jetta "frequently delivered fuel economy over 50 miles per gallon." The car has its original drivetrain and muffler.
Earlier this month, VW recognized a 1977 Rabbit owned by Clint Wilson of Tehachapi, California, as the oldest diesel VW in the U.S. â€” at least, the oldest entered in the contest.
This was the one that you had to be on the original engine. Someone posted the oldest VW, and that one did not have to be on the original engine.